Life lessons from a sad tiger


This evening I read my son Matthew the most beautiful story. It is about a sad tiger called Augustus and he thinks that he’s lost his smile.


He sets off to find it and  right at the end he realises this:


Happiness is everywhere around him. And that’s true! There is beauty in this world and in life even when it is unbearable and overwhelming. We must celebrate simple happiness…the little things.

I read this recently:

Think today is just another day? You woke up. You heart’s beating. You can talk to anyone. You can try anything. Your day has infinite potential. Now that’s something to celebrate. – Lori Deschene

Wow. That’s something to think about.

Thank you, Augustus! ♡




It only takes one decision


Don’t be afraid to start over. It’s a brand new opportunity to rebuild what you truly want. – Author unknown

It is good to remember that a different life requires just one decision. Follow your heart. It will never lead you astray. 💛


Morning view. Blesberg Farm, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa. Photo: Wilma den Hartigh


Mechanical Mandalas



I recently took these photos on a working farm called Wyford near a tiny village, Van Reenen, in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

I am always drawn to circular objects as they remind me of mandalas. These objects are wheels of vintage farm implements and old horse-drawn carriages. They represented so much history and I wondered what stories they could tell! The mandala, in my life, is symbolic of life’s journey, healing, wholeness and personal growth.

That’s why I decided to call this photo collection Mechanical Mandalas.

I give credit to Mother Earth for the gorgeous lighting which helped to make the photos extra special. The farm itself was beautiful – the perfect place to reflect on life with gratitude.  💛